The Urban Stitches Foundation is a free youth sewing instruction program which serves at-risk teens in the Pittsburgh area. Its mission is to satisfy the need for impressionable young people to receive arts training and encouragement, gain life skills, and provide a safe environment for them to gather, learn something new, and have fun.
The program is designed to fill the void created by area schools when traditional home economics programs were cancelled. Once mandatory home economics courses have been replaced by what are perceived as more critically needed subjects such as drug and alcohol abuse prevention, parenting skills and technology instruction.
Students in the Pittsburgh area are limited in their exposure to creative arts after grade school, and an opportunity still exists for learning in a setting where students feel less intimidated than in a formal classroom. This in turn develops into greater confidence both inside and outside the classroom.
Over the last several years sewing and crafting have been on a steady comeback, and there is a great demand for learning them. As such The Urban Stitches Foundation, in collaboration with the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, is striving to provide our young people with the opportunity to learn to sew irrespective of their family’s financial status.